Trying to burn Dual Later DVD but Drive won't recognize disc
This is over my head. I am trying to burn a DVD onto a Memorex DVD+R DL. When I put the blank media in my machine, a Lenovo 3000 N100, the machine recognizes it as a CD-R. I have searched for Firmware upgrades as was recommended by a friend, but heard that if I flash the wrong firm ware I could ruin my drive. Can anyone offer any advice whatsoever, please? Thanks
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Try updating the friver first, fimware flashing isn't really for the average end user and yes you would risk ruining the drive beyond any simple repair. also make sure the drive supports dl disks, and try another dvd maybe even buy a differnet brand dvd+rdl, if you decide to change the firmwar emake sure you open the device manager and get the newest firmware version for that exact drive from the manufacturer of the dvdrom drive not the computer, lenovo is the company that made assembled the computer the parts may be from different companies, I'd say that the drive may be bad or windows may be having an issue with the driver.
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You are on the right track. Every "multi-format" DVD recorder, DVD burner and DVD-RW drive I have ever owned has had problems with one type of media or another. This is because the discs all have their own patented dye mixtures, and each is a little bit different.
I have problems using Memorex DVD-R discs on my Toshiba DVD recorder. The only drive I can get good results with Memorex DVD-R's is on my Memorex DVD drive.
For DVD-R media, I have had the best success with TDK DVD-R's.So far, they have worked on all my devices.
You may want to try DVD+R media. I use Memorex Lightscribe DVD+R and for dual layer recording, I use Ativa DVD+R DL discs, both of which have worked very well and I rarely have to throw one away.
It takes allot longer, but on my PC I always use the "verify" function to make sure I get a good copy.
6/25/9: While this external HP DVD640e burner was listed as a NEW drive - "new" meant never used. A check with HP techs told me the unit was a 2005 factory closeout and the dual layer disc required for it is a 2.4 speed disc. I bought a 2.4 speed DL disc and it works perfect in it. As far as seeing a CD when a DVD was installed is presumed also the fault of having the wrong speed disc in it (that lot of Memorex DL discs I am also having trouble with elsewhere too).
Double-checking my profiler, it does give speed as 2.4x as the burner's profile. Alas, the problem was my newness to the DVD technology. A slap to the forehead and move on.
Burning a dual layer disk requires a functionality of the drive that is not used in the burning of normal disks. But before we consider that the drive may have a mechanical problem, lets clean out all your temporary garbage. Click on this link and download Cleanup 4.5.2 (http://majorgeeks.com/CleanUp_d4895.html
Instal and run the program. Once it has finished, reboot your computer and give burning onto the DL disk another try. Let me know what happens.